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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nigerian Kwekowe wins star prize @ Anzinsha 2015

The Anzisha Prize has named Nigerian job placement technology entrepreneur, Chris Kwekowe (22), founder of Slatecube as winner of its 2015 grand prize for African youth entrepreneurship, reports ITRealms.

This year’s winner of the prize organized by the African Leadership Academy (ALA), goes home with the sum of the $25,000 grand prize in the 5th year of Africa’s premier award for youth entrepreneurship. 

ITRealms also reports that Chris Kwekowe’s Slatecube offers a job-relevant skills learning platform and job placement services, impressed the judges. 

According to the judges, Slatecube has had significant success to date with potential for scale and will serve as an inspiring beacon for other youth interested in entrepreneurship. 

A press statement made available to ITRealms reports that the decision was not easy, however, given the talented pool of finalists, just as Fintech entrepreneur Fabrice Alomo (22) of Cameroon came 1st Runner Up and went home with $15,000 and fashion entrepreneur Mabel Suglo (22) from Ghana was 2nd Runner Up and also got $12,500 as prize.

Chris Kwekowe founded Slatecube to increase job access for youth through creating a platform on which they can build job-relevant skills and linking them with virtual internship opportunities that enable them to develop experience. His vision for the venture is to see it grow into a wide-scale provider of relevant job market access, with increasing ability to open doors for job seekers.

“I did not believe that I could have won the prize when the competition started. But I feel confident in what I can achieve now given the capital and training that I have received through the Anzisha Prize. I congratulate all the other finalists as I believe they were all very impressive and look forward to engaging them as we support each other to grow going forward,” Kwekowe said.

@Isaac Oyimah/GEE with additional report from APO

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